However, Waller’s backup, Foster Moreau, did return to the practice field Wednesday, according to several reports.
Moreau — who also practiced last week — is on the field, but Waller is not. https://t.co/dq4vDasZn8— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) October 19, 2022
Waller suffered a hamstring injury early in the Raiders’ Week 5 loss at the Kansas City Chiefs nine days ago. Moreau missed two games with a knee injury. The Raiders, of course, are coming off a bye week. Las Vegas coach Josh McDaniels did say he has hope for Waller to play Sunday, but wasn’t making any predictions. His status will be monitored as the week goes on. Barring a setback, Moreau would start for Waller if he can’t play this week.
UPDATE: Waller told NFL Media that he may have difficulty playing this week.
.@Raiders remain upbeat despite 1-4 start. Strong belief things are going to turn. Spoke to TE Darren Waller, who left previous game w/ hamstring injury. He did not practice today, but said of injury: “This weekend will probably be tough for me, but it won’t be a longtime thing.”— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) October 19, 2022
Meanwhile, the Raiders got some good injury news Wednesday when they opened the practice window for starting cornerback Anthony Averett (thumb) and receiver/special teamer DJ Turner (ankle).
#Raiders HC Josh McDaniels said that CB Anthony Averett (thumb) and WR DJ Turner (ankle), who've both been on injured reserve since Week 1, will be back at practice today. They're both eligible to be activated to play against the Texans if they make the necessary progress.— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) October 19, 2022
They both been on the injured reserve and are eligible to return and could both be activated in time to play Sunday. The Raiders especially need Averett with Nate Hobs going on the injured reserve this week with a thumb injury. He has to miss, at least, four games.
UPDATE: Moreau, linebacker Jayon Brown (who missed the Chiefs’ game) and starting receiver Mack Hollins were all limited Wednesday.